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How to judge a pitcher's W-L record - Spaulding Guide 1910

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We still talk about the value of a win in baseball. Apparently, it was being talked about during the 1909-1910 offseason as well. I thought I'd post this link here for anyone who wants to read some of this discussion...

Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889 - 1939

Anyone who reads even a little about baseball history, will trip on the Spaulding Guide frequently. I've always wanted to see these publications because they just seemed so darned interesting. Without a doubt, most of us on this board would've been dying for the publication to come out every single year back in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Some of the posters here are clearly ahead of their time. Heck, it's fun trying to figure who here would be which writer's suggestion.

It's a long article with a lot of opinions. Some are reasonably-Saber-esque while others probably sound like me - "make the old stuff work in your own mind." I don't know what anyone else thinks, but I find this stuff entertaining. Heck, I'm still reading the suggestions.

P.S. It would be so cool to have these publications. Anyone who has them, I'll buy them off you for $1 a book. :classic: Another great thing about them is their coverage about the Minor Leagues. Earlier, I was reading about a Michigan league that had three teams in the race after Labor Day. Good stuff.

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Spalding Base Ball Guides, 1889 - 1939

Here is another page I find really interesting. When you look at newspapers from the early 1900s and late 1800s, you find a lot of usage of the swastika (sp) - Hitler's symbol. I mean you see people advertising it in jewelry and everything. When you look you find out that at one time it was a symbol of great value - good luck and often used in religion. Yet one person used it and ruined it for the foreseeable future. It just shows you how during history people have twisted things to their own needs and can ruin or change their value forever.

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